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Film Review: The Cloth (2012)

SYNOPSIS: A headstrong young man reluctantly joins a religious order that is locked in combat with the forces of darkness. REVIEW: Some impressive visuals and a decent script are undermined by weak acting and a desperately unoriginal story in this lively but unsatisfying tale of priests and demons. In a rehash of one of the most famous sequences from William …

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Film Review: Hayride (2012)

SYNOPSIS: Partygoers gathering for a Halloween ‘haunted hayride’ at an isolated farm are picked off by a masked maniac who may be the killer ‘Pitchfork’ of local legend. REVIEW: A low budget but spirited slasher that takes a while to get going but eventually builds up a fair head of steam and delivers some effective moments. For those who don’t …

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Film Review: The Nameless (1999)

SYNOPSIS: A bereaved mother, struggling to come to terms with the murder of her daughter, begins to suspect that a depraved secret cult may have been involved. REVIEW: Adapted from Ramsey Capmbell’s 1981 novel, this Spanish thriller is intriguingly plotted but slackly directed by Jaume Balaguero and never really develops the requisite sense of dread or evil. When this film …

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Film Review: Crush (2013)

SYNOPSIS: A secret admirer develops a murderous crush on a high school soccer star. REVIEW: A thoroughly professional thriller that draws good performances from its cast and delivers a winning blend of mystery, suspense and teenage romance. Scott (Lucas Till) has it all: not only is he the star of his high-school soccer team, he’s bright, popular and a hit …

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Film Review: Comedown (2012)

SYNOPSIS: Six inner city youths break into a derelict tower block to set up a pirate radio mast but soon realise they are not the only occupants when they find themselves being picked off one by one REVIEW: Another week, another tower block movie. This one treads much the same ground as its contemporaries and despite being competently made has …

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Film Review: Curandero: Dawn of the Demon (2005)

SYNOPSIS: A Mexican curandero – a kind of spiritual troubleshooter – helps a detective to track down a vicious gang leader who dabbles in black magic. REVIEW: Unusual but incomprehensible, this horror / action movie scores high on originality but low on execution, marred as it is by a mangled narrative and flat performances. Carlos Gutierrez (Carlos Gallardo) is a …

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